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Bringing BookBenches to the city and promoting reading for enjoyment

Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust have joined forces with Wild in Art to bring their iconic BookBench sculptures to Manchester. 

Schools and community groups across the city can get involved in the unique BookBench project, which will celebrate the city’s creativity and encourage children and adults to read for enjoyment. 

Schools decorate a BookBench with designs inspired by books, novels, comics, poems and prose. Once decorated, the benches will be displayed in cultural hubs, leisure and shopping centres throughout Manchester. Many of the venues will host activities and events, and families will be able to discover the BookBenches by following a trail.  

Over the coming months we will be publishing more information about the BookBench designs and the trail across the city, so watch this space!

Reading for Enjoyment CPD

Enhancing and aligning with the creative process of decorating a BookBench, the Reading for Enjoyment training will enable teachers and support staff to:

  • engage with research and understand the benefits for pupils of reading for enjoyment
  • examine a range of approaches, including choosing and using a whole text
  • choose strategies for creating a community of readers in your schools
  • plan for embedding these successful approaches more widely across your school, evaluate the success of the strategies adopted and share learnings with colleagues

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this programme so far. If you have attended training you can access supporting materials and handout copies in the participants' area. Please email if you have any issues gaining access. 

Missed out on these sessions? We hope to run another session in late March, dates tbc - please email if you are interested in taking part. 

Find out more about the BookBench project

Download our leaflet with more information about the project.

Current participants

Access background resources, handouts and materials from the training.

Participants' area

The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.